Sean Somers

(1979 - )

Sean SomersSean Somers, from Calgary, Alberta, has emerged as one of the top professional pipers from the Canadian Prairies, gaining recognition at the highest levels as a soloist, bandsman and composer. He was born February 8th, 1979 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

An active competitor and consistent prizewinner in professional piping contests throughout North America, Sean is currently a key member of the Grade One 78th Highlanders (Halifax) Pipe Band. During his time with the band he has won Provincial, Regional, Canadian and North American Championships, and most recently, a placing at the 2005 World Pipe Band Championship finals in Grade One.

Sean is the former Principal Piping Instructor at the College of Piping (PEI), and has since continued to teach at workshops and at summer schools in both Canada and the United States.

An avid composer, Sean has many tunes published in several contemporary collections of music and has had his music played and recorded by some of the world’s best pipe bands.

Sean is currently Chair of the Music Board for the Alberta Society of Pipers and Drummers, Past President of the Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association and member of Music Initiatives Advisory Committee with the Alliance of North American Pipe Band Associations.

Sean has also assisted in the development of a bagpipe making business, Somers Bagpipes, which manufactures bagpipes, practice chanters, smallpipes and accessories.

Sean is a Public Relations graduate from the University of Regina and now works in Communications with a major agricultural-firm based in Calgary.

October 2006